Finding the right balance between acoustical performance and architectural aesthetics is often a challenge. However, the Perfecto 16/16/8 panel is a powerful acoustical tool that can help designers overcome this obstacle. This product utilizes large, visible perforations to absorb mid frequency sound while still retaining much of the higher frequencies. In addition, with a little added acoustical backing, it exhibits superior ability to attenuate low frequencies. Where many absorptive products lack the aesthetic quality of natural wood, RPG’s Perfecto line delivers.
Your first mental image of an auditorium, whether intended for musical performance or speech, likely includes the image of high ceilings. There are a number of reasons pertaining to logistics, performance, and sound quality that necessitate high ceilings (large room volume)—but that brings along with it issues that must be addressed. Untreated high ceilings lead to high reverberation times and audible echoes that degrade the acoustical performance of the space, whereas simple treatments utilizing absorption remove too much of the sound energy and which leads to a space that does not support the intended use. That’s where the Waveform Bicubic comes in: a diffuser capable of being arrayed to increase speech intelligibility and enhance musical clarity.
Most small rooms will have undesirable low frequency characteristics. When working with smaller room dimensions, , bass frequencies in the 20 Hz to 300 Hz range can be very problematic even rendering the room unusable for critical applications in studio production work and simply underwhelming in listening rooms, home theaters and screening rooms. THis necessitated the need for extra attention to be paid in treating the acoustics of the room to maintain clear, quality bass frequencies. For premium treatment of low frequency acoustics, many look to RPG Acoustical’s line of Modex products to even out the room’s resonant modes and provide full, even bass response.
When we talk about expertly designed acoustical products, we tend not to consider the impact those products may have on the lighting of a space. After all, any design decision is a give-and-take, so sacrificing some elements of design, like an abundance of natural lighting, in order to achieve a rich acoustic environment. In a world of compromise, creating innovative new tools that serve a variety of purposes is highly valued over settling for traditional approaches. For architects, acoustical engineers, and end-users alike, the Clearsorber Foil system is designed to offer a unique solution to a problem that has plagued acoustical design for decades.
One of the more elegant approaches in architectural and acoustical design involves the application of sound absorptive, natural wood panels. When implemented properly the combination of natural wood and sound absorption will not only offer a significant improvement in the acoustics of a space but also the visual appeal of the chosen wood. Nonetheless, overuse of sound absorption in certain spaces can cause undesirable results, such as spaces dedicated for music and speech becoming overly “dead” sounding. This is why RPG Acoustical Systems has developed the Expo™ Panel System—a decorative, natural looking wood panel that targets the most problematic frequencies while supporting the most important frequencies for music and speech communication—striding the line between absorption and reflection, offering a premium sound experience.
Good acoustical product design focuses on both aesthetics and performance. Otherwise, architects, installers, and end-users are left with an unfortunate compromise: sacrificing quality of usage for a better looking space or achieving superb acoustical performance at the cost of a less pleasing performance area. Even when a proper balance between elegant appearance and functionality is struck, performance halls and spaces still have a dire need for one more factor that is often ignored: adaptability. RPG Acoustical’s Overture VR, a mobile, collapsible diffusive surface, is meant to adapt to numerous needs without losing out on performance or appearance.
Architects have sought a solution to a unique issue for quite some time now: that is, controlling excessive, disruptive reverberation while still transmitting daylight or incorporating lighting effects. In some spaces, reducing the natural lighting is simply not an option. In response, RPG Acoustical has developed the Clearsorber Panel—a micro-slotted acoustical panel that is transparent, translucent or graphically printed. This provides consumers with a unique combination of control over their view and or lighting while also offering unparalleled reflection control. Providing architects and acoustical designers the tools they need to succeed in creating spaces that offer both excellent acoustics as well as lighting is just one aspect of RPG Acoustical’s thorough approach towards development of acoustical products.
It has only been in the last few years that the art and science of creating high quality micro-perforated acoustical millwork products has truly come of age. RPG Acoustical Systems, LLC. has been in the forefront of the development of this new technology, pushing the envelope on achieving some of the best performance metrics in the industry. The key to success here is not only understanding the acoustical mechanisms at play and how they interact, but how they might change as the product designs and applications evolve to suit the needs of the project. By being flexible in both the physical and acoustical design, as well as in production, RPG is able to adapt this great technology to meet the most stringent demands and deliver breathtaking products.